"I don't want to go to school / I just want to break the rules" may be a terrible cheer for the oodles of children heading back to class over the next few weeks, but it works for Charli XCX. Today (Aug. 18), the "Fancy" singer released a killer new single "Break The Rules" and announced a new album, Sucker for later this fall.
According to Neon Gold Records' official website, XCX's sophomore effort Sucker will drop on Oct. 21 via Neon Gold and Atlantic. Alongside the album announcement, XCX dropped "Break The Rules," a hard driving blend between the world of alt-rock and pop.
"Break The Rules" starts off with a seedy bassline, with XCX creepily crooning about the merits of electric lights, with layered vocals adding to the song's momentum. The bass soon gets accompaniment from a drum maching, ever driving the single forward.
As the label's announcement points out, where "Break The Rules" shines is through its anti-2014 pop post-chorus. After XCX declares that she will not, in fact, attend school (and will instead dance away at the discotheque), most songs would go into an explosion of EDM noise, but "Break The Rules" does exactly as its title suggests and goes into a grooving, '90s-style musical break.
It works in all the right (and wrong ways) as a defiantly wonderful new pop single, just in time for those back to school Walmart specials.
Listen to the new Charli XCX track "Break the Rules" below:
"Break The Rules" is a new single from Charli XCX, leading into her new album Sucker. Her last solo effort, True Romance was released in April 2013.
Currently, XCX is doing quite well for herself, with two singles in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. She's the featured artists on the probably song of the summer "Fancy" (by Iggy Azalea) and her The Fault In Our Stars single "Boom Clap" broke into the top 10 list last week at No. 10.